Cornwall Council is testing how GPS technology used in sat navs could help people live independently at home for longer.
The council has issued an elderly resident from Truno with a pendant as part of a trial to see how the device, named Footprint and made by OwnFone, can support people to live in their home with a range of different conditions.
The resident, named Vera, has Alzheimer’s and has had a heart attack, which contributed to a further decline in her memory.
The GPS pendant allows for instant location in case of emergency, such as a person with dementia who has wandered. Footprint can also be used by first responders as a lone working location device.
The pilot is part of a transformation programme called Shaping Our Future that is bringing together the NHS, social care and public health across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to achieve positive and genuine improvement in health and social care delivery.
Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Technology like this product gives people more choice on the types of care they receive. It can also reduce the likelihood of people needing to go into residential care, or requiring expensive support packages, at a time when demands on already stretched adult social care services are increasing and funding from central government has been drastically reduced.”
There are a currently a number of other technology enabled care solutions that are also being trialled that assist with social isolation, falls and falls prevention, dehydration, frailty and dementia and keeping people safe.
Once complete, the trials will be assessed and could potentially help vulnerable people across Cornwall.